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John Brown


John Herbert Brown

Inducted 1951

Date of Birth



Canton, PA


United States Naval Academy (1910-1913)


John "Babe" Brown was a big guard from Navy whose blocking, tackling and kicking helped defeat Army in three straight games. He kicked two field goals in the 1912 game to provide the winning margin in a 6-0 Navy victory. Brown had one of his finest games in the only game Navy lost to Army in the four years he played at Annapolis. In 1913, the Midshipmen were undefeated and had not lost to Army since 1905. Brown kicked a field goal in each of the first two quarters to give Navy a 6-3 lead. During the third quarter he added a third field goal to tie the score at 9-9. Army rallied in the late stages of the game to win 22-9. While at Navy his teams posted a 27-4-5 record. As a defender he helped Navy shut out seven opponents in 1913. During World War II, Brown rose to the rank of Admiral and played an important role in submarine operations in the South Pacific. He later became Director of Athletics and eventually Superintendent at the Naval Academy.


Height 6'2

Weight 216

Career Highlights

  • 1913 Consensus All-America
  • 1912 Third Team All-America
  • 1911 Third Team All-America
  • 1910 Second Team All-America
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